IHS, Avera advance telehealth efforts
ROCKVILLE, Md. – The Indian Health Service has announced a one-year, $6.8 million contract with Avera Health to advance telehealth for about 130,000 American Indians and Alaska natives. “This contract is beneficial to IHS patients because it connects Avera Health’s medical experts to American Indian communities as part of a major IHS initiative to improve access to quality care at hospitals, health centers and other facilities in the Great Plains,” said Mary Smith, IHS principal deputy director, in a press release. Avera will provide additional emergency medical services, as well as behavioral health, cardiology, maternal and child health and other services, through telehealth technology at 19 Great Plains Area service units. Some IHS facilities in Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota that currently have the telehealth infrastructure already in place will see expansions, and those that don’t will be newly equipped.
Physicians willing to adopt home health technology
CHICAGO, Ill. – Physicians believe home health technology like mobile and wearable devices, mobile apps and remote monitoring can help improve patient care, but the tools must also be beneficial to clinical practice, says a recent survey by the American Medical Association. The study, conducted by Kantar TNS, found that 85% of 1,300 participating physicians believe digital health solutions are advantageous to patient care. When asked how much of an advantage digital health solutions provide to a physician’s ability to care for patients, 87% of primary care physicians and 83% of specialists said there was definite or some advantage. But digital health solutions must go beyond improved patient care: Participating physicians said the top three characteristics that attract them to these tools are improved work efficiency, increased patient safety and improved diagnostic ability.
MegCares allows unobtrusive monitoring
POTOMAC, Md. – MegCares has launched a non-invasive home monitoring system for seniors. MegCares uses wireless motion detectors and activity sensors that are placed in strategic locations throughout the home and that transmit data to a secure server. Caregivers and loved ones can use a computer or smartphone to monitor activity and to see reports of daily behavior trends. The system can also provide alerts if behavior doesn’t follow usual patterns.
Global advanced patient monitoring market hits $35.2B, report estimates
NEW YORK – The global advanced patient monitoring market is worth $35.2 billion, according to Kalorama’s Advanced Remote Patient Monitoring Systems report. “New technological advancements in the area of wireless connectivity have increased demand, helping to accelerate the move to more wireless and streamlined operations, both within major health facilities and in-home treatment markets,” said Kalorama information publisher Bruce Carlson in a press release. The report attributes market growth to the demand to integrate data processing capabilities and electronic medical records transfer options, as well as an increasing trend to upgrade to ambulatory and hand-held devices.
Oxitone pulse oximeter passes validation test
ISRAEL – The Oxitone 1000 wrist-sensor pulse oximeter passed verification and arterial blood validation tests using multiple co-oximeters in the Clinimark Pulse Oximetry Hypoxia Laboratory. “The Oxitone 1000 elegant bracelet is part of our end-to-end patient monitoring and management platform that transforms continuous health data into patterns, alerts, analytical solutions and life management notifications,” said Oxitone founder and CEO Leon Eisen, Ph.D., in a press release. The device is the first wearable pulse oximeter that gathers the main digital biomarkers including blood oxygen saturation directly from the wrist using a patented trans-illumination optical technology.
Stanford study to track artery disease
STANFORD, Calif. – Researchers at Stanford University’s School of Medicine have launched a clinical study through a free iPhone app to discover better treatments for peripheral artery disease. Participants will use the VascTrac app to take quarterly surveys on their iPhone, as well as occasional tests to measure how far they are able to walk. “By using personalized tracking, participants could get a notification to come in for an ultrasound when physicians see signs of claudication,” said study co-investigator Neil Gandhi in a statement. “This could ultimately improve care.” Participants will also be able to keep a daily activity log on their iPhone. Researchers hope to enroll 2,000 to 5,000 participants in the study.